Wednesday, June 4, 2008
We followed our host through a palatial corridor and arrived at a sprawling round hall where a spiraling basilica of shadows was pierced by shafts of light from a high glass dome above us. A labyrinth of passageways and crammed bookshelves rose from base to pinnacle like a beehive, woven with tunnels, steps, platforms and bridges that presaged an immense library of seemingly impossible geometry. I looked at my father, stunned. He smiled at me and winked.
“The Shadow of the Wind,” written by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and translated by Lucia Graves.
How could anyone resist curling up with a great book, travel guide or simply sitting with a coffee in hand, with this atmosphere? Daunt Books is one of my favourite London places. This is their gorgeous Marylebone location.
A bit of a guilty pleasure, but since it’s usually fairly focused on current ‘trends’ (with a bit of celeb banter mixed in) I feel like this site can provide some insight on the fickle minds of the everyday fashion-consumer.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I vividly remember my first time. Samantha, my cool friend from Summer-camp, invited me to stay with her for a few days in the “big” city (yes, Toronto!). I must have been 12 or 13 and this was a huge deal, which involved much effort on my part to embody the same level of what I felt was her immense maturity. We were hunkering down to watch Bramstrokers Dracula and armed with our Zero chocolate bars, she asked me if I wanted coffee to help stay awake. “Of course, I love coffee,” I replied. I had no idea at the time how true those words would become.
Today I’m opening a new bag of Sainsbury’s Fairtrade Colombian ‘fresh roast ground coffee: rich smooth & nutty’ which is what actually prompted this post. A far cry from that virgin cup almost 16 years ago, which was loaded up with sugar and cream, I’ll enjoy today’s mug black with a bit of cinnamon. So far so good.
This site is a constant source of inspiration for me. Creative, whimsical and sometimes unusual design, all in one pretty little box.
There are those [relationships] that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.
Sex and the city: An American girl in paris (part deux), Carrie Bradshaw